Strife drives more Sudanese in Darfur from their homes, UN reports

Ethnic fighting across Sudan’s western Darfur provinces has swelled the number of internally displaced people (IDPs) by thousands, but several roads in the Jabal Marra mountain range that were closed to United Nations humanitarian vehicles can now be used, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said today.

Annan names Jordan Ryan of US as deputy envoy to Liberia

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed Jordan Ryan of the United States as his Deputy Special Representative for Recovery and Good Governance for Liberia starting next month.

Victor Da Silva Angelo of Portugal named head of UN Integrated Office for Sierra Leone

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has named his Deputy Representative for Sierra Leone, Victor da Silva Angelo of Portugal, as head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL).

Partial Nigeria-Cameroon border demarcation bodes well for full resolution – UN

As part of a process aimed at resolving disputed border issues between Cameroon and Nigeria, the United Nations Office in West Africa (UNOWA) today announced that a team has finished demarcating 260 kilometres of the boundary working south from Lake Chad.

In environmental milestone, Sub-Saharan Africa free of leaded fuel – UN agency

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced that sub-Saharan African vehicle fuels will be lead-free as of 1 January 2006, meeting a promise made at the World Summit of Sustainable Development (WSSD) three years ago.

UN peacekeeper, DR of Congo troops and scores of Ugandan rebels killed in sweep

A United Nations peacekeeper from India, soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and leaders of a Ugandan rebel movement were among the scores of people killed as the Congolese troops took back nine localities in the troubled eastern region of the country, the UN Mission in DRC (MONUC) reported today.

Western Sudan’s Darfur area is still scene of rape and banditry, UN mission says

With both Sudanese Government and rebel troops violating the ceasefire agreement, the security situation in the Darfur provinces is volatile as banditry and looting are reported in the area, the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) said today.

Liberia: UN provides treats and encouragement to orphans at holiday celebration

Using end-of-the-year holidays as an occasion to help the local population, the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia (UNMIL) organized a celebration for over 200 orphans, providing treats, entertainment and encouragement about their potential to become great adults.

As southern Africa faces hungry holiday season, UN agencies call for urgent aid

As more than 9 million southern Africans face hunger over the holiday season while much of the rest of the world feasts, United Nations agencies today pleaded for immediate donor aid to continue feeding the hungriest.

Rwandan cooperating with genocide probe is found dead, UN tribunal says

A body found in a canal in Brussels, Belgium, a week ago has been identified as that that of former Rwandan Commerce Minister Juvénal Uwilingiyimana, who was indicted by the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and was cooperating with its investigation into the 1994 genocide.